The Coroner biz is an amalgam of many fields of the arts and sciences. It involves biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, psychology, sociology, logic, criminal and social justice, communication, writing, math, and a bit of philosophy.
Biology and chemistry gives us the ability to do toxicology testing. Physics allows us to look at the mechanics and kinetics of accidents, as well as using parts of the light spectrum and phosphorescence to look for evidence. The mercurial nature of health and illness often impact the deaths under investigation. We learn from psychology and sociology how individuals and groups of individuals act, contributing to death as well as life. Justice is our goal, not in the sense of fault finding, but ensuring the most humane conditions for society. The ability to communicate well, in all its forms, is critical to successful completion of our business. Philosophy is to help us in dealing with it all and in helping the survivors of the deceased individual.